The first year of your child’s life can feel like a whirlwind. Time is flying by so fast, you probably feel like you’re barely keeping up. In the midst of all the craziness, it’s important that you take some time to give a little attention to your baby’s mouth and teeth.
What You Need to Know
- When should I take my child to the dentist? – The ADA recommends that you take your child to their first dentist visit before their first birthday.
- When should I start brushing my child’s teeth? – The ADA says you should start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. This is because “as soon as teeth appear, decay can occur,” according to the ADA.
- How often should I brush my child’s teeth? – The ADA recommends that you brush your child’s teeth twice a day. You can start flossing as soon as they have teeth to floss between.
- When will I start seeing baby teeth? – You can expect to start seeing those little baby teeth around the 6-month mark.
Having Trouble Getting Your Kids to Brush?
For some kids that are old enough to say no, brushing is just an inconvenience they don’t want to deal with. After all, there are better things to do like racing cars around the room or finding something to climb on. If these are your kids, try coming up with a tooth brushing song! If you can make brushing their teeth something fun and interactive, they are more likely to get into the habit of doing it, and are less likely to put up a fuss about it. Need some ideas? Here are 7 tooth-brushing tunes to get you started.
Good Habits are the Foundation of Dentistry for Children
Building good oral hygiene habits when they are young is essential to making sure your kids grow up with healthy smiles. Brushing twice a day and flossing are two of the most important habits they can get into, and will go a long way towards preventing more serious issues down the road. And of course, regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist will help catch any problems before they become too serious.